You might have visited major cities of the world like Beijing and Dubai but did you really experience them?
Between the luxurious all-amenities-included hotel, air-conditioned board meetings, upscale eateries, and chauffeured transportation—did it feel, disappointingly, like your home city, albeit with a different backdrop?
The local travel trend is addressing this niche need of business travelers who get to travel to exotic far-flung places but lack the time and local knowledge to get immersed into the city’s culture. True, there are extensive concierge services offered by companies and hotels like the Ritz-Carlton but local travel companies offer travelers more one-of-a-kind “live like a local” experiences in a more corporately responsible structure.
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For example, while riding a bicycle through Beijing on a guided tour, not only are you being positively impacted by learning about this bustling city’s daily realities but the money you spent for the tour is positively impacting the local Beijing community, rather than an international corporation.
Additionally, gaining insight into the micro-happenings of a city might help your business strategies in the macro-happenings of the international board room. Understanding the mindset and economic reality of a city will make it easier to do business and negotiate business.
So for your next business trip, consider using a local travel company to enjoy the local life while supporting the local community.
For a list of Local Travel operators and more information about the trend, visit the Local Travel Movement, a non-profit collaborative platform of companies founded on a passion for local travel and commitment to local travel values.
Melbourne Australia Moonlight Kayak Tour-Example of a Local Adventure Organized by a Local Travel Company Urban Adventures